Now that the blog is back up and running – who would have thought an upgrade could be so buggy ;) – I thought I’d drop a quick post, though we do promise to have some cruise posts for the upcoming week.
While reading through a backlog of blogs, Nic and I have been flipping around TV watching whatever catches our interest. CBC was airing a documentary on the 2012 Apocalypse, a subject I’ve been considering using for a LARP, and so clearly something I have to watch.
Typical of the 2012 Apocalypse myth, the Mayans are credited with the account claiming that the end of the world will occur in 2012. Citing the Dresden Codex, named for its survival of the Dresden fire storms of WWII, they point to this 11th or 12th Century Yucatecan Maya text from Chichén Itzá, and its astrological calculations as proof for the world’s end. Having originally surfaced in 18th Century Vienna, likely shipped over centuries before by the regional governor to King Charles I of Spain, study of this and the three companion Mayan Codices is ongoing as the texts are often quite short, and appear almost cryptic.
During our first cruise we were down in the Yucatecan peninsula, and decided to splurge on one of the shore excursions, spending the day out at a Mayan sweat lodge. Taken through a cleansing ritual by our guide, and certified Mayan shaman, we learned that the whole 2012 thing is really just blown out of proportion. That there were in fact competing calendars with different dates, some ranging even further into the future, and often were just meant to mark the period when the next set of calculations would be made for the next Age.
So, take it from someone who probably would know, next year you don’t have anything more to worry about than working out your plans for the next part of your life’s journey.